Role Models Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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A delirious descent into Waters World, Role Models is a true-life confessional from one of America's greatest ironists. John Waters is a man always ready and willing to say the unsayable. He is the dark mirror of contemporary culture. From haute couture to low culture, from literary outsiders to lapsed actors, he delivers razor-sharp pen portraits of the women and men who have perverted and inspired him by turns. And yet Waters's warped imagination is always humane, his judgments insightful. Role Models is as much a philosophical manifesto as it is an utterly hilarious and shamelessly entertaining read. (Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan, or The Whale)
Disarmingly unfiltered confessions that capture Waters' singular blend of weirdness and guileless honesty. (San Francisco Chronicle)
John Waters has a great gift for appreciation - whether for toothless lesbian strippers in Baltimore or the most rarefied painters and writers of our day. He is a dandy who has done away with everyone else's hierarchies and created a new world that conforms only to his own taste for trash and the sublime. He is frank, funny, and (strangely enough) both sensible and outrageous. (Edmund White, author of City Boy) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A personal invitation into one of the most unique, perverse, and hilarious artistic minds of our time. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Waters is arguably America's most wonderful, funny, quirky and cult film director (who can forget, once seen, the marvels of 'Pink Flamingos' and 'Female Trouble') and, for those who aren't already fans of his journalism as well, John Waters is a natural writer. You can hear his voice as he reflects, shares, meditates and wryly comments on an eclectic range of topics. He's also widely read and his cultural interests are equally diverse and, unsurprisingly, reflective of his quirky, distinctive - and, I hasten to add, utterly charming - personality.
While this latest collection is accomplished and well worth the price - the UK edition, this review refers to, by the way, is by Beautiful Books, and is truly beautiful in format, dust jacket and design - and this review will highlight a bunch of evidence to justify such claims - it doesn't have the many hysterically funny, laugh-out-loud moments that run through two of his previous collections of journalism (I'm thinking here of 'Crackpot' and 'Shock Value', both of which I adore).
But there's no harm or foul in this fact, as there's a greater maturity and depth to be found in these essays. (Still, if you want incredibly funny, there is one article in particular, 'Baltimore Heroes', in which he tells you stories about some of his beloved local heroes, and, one especially had me laughing out loud time and time again: Esther Martin, who ran a bar whose only clients were bums and misfits, alcoholics and troubled, with Esther as 'keeper of the asylum', but all of whom were welcome in The Wigwam, or Club Charles as it was later renamed.Read more ›
As a fan of John's early work (Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living) and Divine, I've seen many interviews with John relating to the late Divine. I'm always interested in hearing his humorous liberal views and distaste for buttoned downed middle class America. He's a minority that doesn't fit in with his minority group and proud of it. A true misfit.
When I came across Role Models I purchased it without a second thought. Before starting it I expected there to be previously untold anecdotes of outrageous shenanigans that he and his 'followers' (Divine, Mink Stole, Cookie, David Lochary) committed. If your hoping for this, you'll be disappointed.
John pretty much focuses on his idols. The reasons for his adoration and some interesting stories regarding the ones he's met. His icons range from Johnny Mathis, his favourite contemporary artists to his friendship with one of the Charles Manson girls, currently serving a life sentence.
His writing is shot with humour but I feel this book is definitely one for the fans. I thoroughly enjoyed it as it give me an insight into what moulded John into what he's become today but if you know little about him there may not be enough here to sustain your interest.
i think i will buy a few copies of it to give away as gifts to unsuspecting recipients!
Im a rayon fool. HA!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this because someone said he writes like David Sedaris. He doesn't!Published 12 months ago by Kim
great book..very personable...and you learn a load about modern art without john teaching or lecturing...
and of course its great great fun.
This is a must read for anyone who loves the king of sleaze. John Waters entices us with tis biographic storey telling which leaves the reader wondering about their own sanity. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2011 by chescoe